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Lesotho Joins Global HIV Prevention Campaign

Maseru – The Principal Secretary for the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr. Lechoo Setenane has applauded Lesotho’s initiative of joining the world in the call for a global re-invigoration of the HIV prevention agenda to curb new infections and meet global targets.

In his opening remarks at the National HIV Prevention Consultation held by the National AIDS Commission in Maseru, Mr. Setenane said Lesotho ranks second in HIV prevalence worldwide, with about 25 percent of the infected being women aged between 18 and 35.

Mr. Setenane emphasised the need for Lesotho to promote biomedical prevention methods such as condoms, Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision as well as improving behavioural approaches.

Speaking at the consultation, the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA Representative, Mrs. Nuzhat Ehsan commended Lesotho through the National AIDS Commission, for commitment to end the HIV pandemic.

Mrs. Ehsan said it is important for every citizen of Lesotho to get tested in order for them to know their status, and encouraged those infected them to go for treatment, adding that the UNFPA will among others, continue to provide technical support in strengthening advocacy for the fast track targets, social and community mobilisation, provision of strategic guidance as well as strengthening of civil society organisations.

Meanwhile, the Global HIV Prevention Coalition will launch the HIV Prevention 2020 Road Map next month.

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